beat out


beat out; beaten out or beat out; beating out; beats out

transitive verb

: to make or perform by or as if by beating
: to mark or accompany by beating
: to turn (a routine ground ball or a bunt) into a hit in baseball by fast running to first base

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Quan beat out the likes of Barry Keoghan and Brendan Gleeson (for The Banshees of Inisherin), Judd Hirsch (for The Fabelmans), and Brian Tyree Henry (for Causeway) to come away with the award. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 12 Mar. 2023 After Wilson was traded to Denver last offseason, Smith beat out Drew Lock for the starting job and seized the opportunity. Tim Booth, ajc, 7 Mar. 2023 Yet, Blur had the upper hand on trading volume with $1.3 billion in February, which beat out OpenSea’s $587 million. Marco Quiroz-gutierrez, Fortune Crypto, 3 Mar. 2023 The internet was shocked, and some members of the Grammys audience themselves made their displeasure known that Styles beat out Beyoncé. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 6 Feb. 2023 Although Prada beat out Gucci, the latter brand only dropped to No. 2 on the Lyst Index’s ranking. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 2 Feb. 2023 Honolulu city lifeguard Luke Shepardson beat out reigning champ John John Florence to win, KCBS Honolulu affiliate KGMB-TV said, adding that Florence, who hails from the North Shore, had won two back-to-back world titles. CBS News, 23 Jan. 2023 And the area again beat out major U.S. markets including New York City and Los Angeles for commercial real estate deals in 2022 with another $40 billion in transactions, said Strive Commercial Real Estate Advisors managing partner Jennifer Pierson. Dallas News, 18 Jan. 2023 Wade beat out third-year sophomore Deuce Hogan (who ironically began his career at Iowa) and redshirt freshman Kaiya Sheron for that honor. Ryan Black, The Courier-Journal, 31 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of beat out was in 1588

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Cite this Entry

“Beat out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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